Preview: Chelsea aim to pick up where they left off against Leicester

first_imgChelsea lost at Leicester last season, Jose Mourinho’s final game in chargeChelsea could have done without the international break – they shrugged off a couple of poor results by winning 2-0 at Hull. Today they aim to pick up from where they left off as they host defending champions Leicester.Kick-off: 12.30pm, Saturday 15 October 2016Referee: Andre Marriner (Sheldon, West Midlands)Five key battles: Including John Terry v Jamie VardyVital statistic: Chelsea are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 matches against Leicester in all competitions.Injuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Willian (compassionate leave), Kurt Zouma (knee), Marco van Ginkel (knee).LEICESTER CITYRuled out: Nampalys Mendy (ankle), Matty James (ankle).Fitness test: Danny Drinkwater (groin). Possible starting line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Cahill, Luiz, Terry; Azpilicueta, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Moses, Costa, Hazard.Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Amartey, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Slimani, Vardy. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)Chelsea: W L L D W (7 points) • Home: L W W D D (8 points)Leicester: D L W L W (7 points) • Away: L L L D D (2 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)Chelsea – 6: Costa; 2: Hazard, Willian; 1: Batshuayi, Moses.Leicester – 2: Slimani, Vardy; 1: Gray, Mahrez, Morgan.LAST FIVE MEETINGS20 Sep 2016: Leicester 2 Chelsea 415 May 2016: Chelsea 1 Leicester 114 Dec 2015: Leicester 2 Chelsea 129 Apr 2015: Leicester 1 Chelsea 323 Aug 2014: Chelsea 2 Leicester 0Chelsea 3 wins, Leicester 1 win, 1 drawClick here for the latest Chelsea transfer gossip See also:The stats that show how Kante’s game has changed at ChelseaTerry passed fit for Leicester gameChelsea v Leicester: five key battles Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Rennekamp to lead OSU Extension

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Roger Rennekamp, associate dean for outreach and engagement at Oregon State University, has been named the next director of Ohio State University Extension.Roger RennekampBruce A. McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, made the announcement Tuesday (Sept. 22) at the Farm Science Review, the college’s three-day educational and trade show that attracts 130,000 people annually.Rennekamp will begin his duties Jan. 4, 2016. He replaces Keith Smith, who retired June 30 after 23 years in the position. Rennekamp will be the 12th leader of OSU Extension, overseeing nearly 700 employees and a $71 million budget. Extension is the outreach arm of the college.“Roger brings a great deal of experience at all levels of the Cooperative Extension System and is known for building collaborative relationships and partnerships,” McPheron said. “His strong background in working across disciplines will serve Ohio State and Ohio quite well. Roger’s enthusiasm and energy will help create the Extension organization of the future.”“I am honored to renew my relationship with one of the nation’s premier land-grant universities,” Rennekamp said about his return to Ohio State. “The need for Extension is as great as any time in its hundred-year history. Extension of the next century must remain true to key principles of community engagement and responsiveness while embracing approaches and technologies that will increase its reach and impact.”Before taking on his current role in Oregon State’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Rennekamp led Oregon’s 4-H Youth Development program. He served as an Extension specialist in program and staff development and as a program specialist for 4-H at the University of Kentucky. He earned his B.S. from the University of Kentucky, his M.S. from Morehead State University and his Ph.D. from Ohio State.He and his wife, Denise, have two grown children.last_img read more

The Biocep R Project Brings Open Science to the Cloud

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Analysis#cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The explosion of “big data” has prompted many people to ask the question “How will we store all this data?” And while cloud computing offers the promise of infinite scalability for storage, the Biocep R Project hopes to address two related questions associated with the growth of big data: “How will we analyze all this data?” and, more importantly, “How can we analyze it virtually?”As the name suggests, the Biocep R Project is built on R, a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics that’s described as “the lingua franca of data analysis.” But despite its increasing use, R has several shortcomings in terms of standardization, usability and collaboration.Science and Statistics, VirtuallyTo address these shortcomings, Kalim Chime has created the Biocep R Project. It is an open source Java solution for integrating and virtualizing access to the R engines. Biocep provides a framework for access to the computational resources associated with R, but it also enables collaborative R sessions, with multiple web users connecting simultaneously to an R server. It also enables elastic computing across any number of virtual machines in order to solve complex statistical and analytical problems. As Chime writes in a white paper on the project, “Biocep combines the capabilities of R and the flexibility of a Java based distributed system to create a tool of considerable power and utility.”Using the Biocep R platform, Chime has also built Elastic-R, a portal that enables statisticians, financial analysts, students and so on to work with R engines and use their full capabilities from within simple browsers. A real-time cloud-based e-learning system, Elastic-R allows users to to share and reuse functions, algorithms, user interfaces, R sessions, and servers. Open, Distributed Science through VirtualizationUsing these tools, any number of geographically distributed users can collaborate simultaneously on scientific projects, using the same virtual machine, the same analytic tool, the same data.As virtualization removes the requirements for local computational power and storage, perhaps we will see a more distributed, more open, and more participatory science as well, extending research and analysis beyond major research universities and computing centers. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Germany’s Energy Revolution

first_imgIn Germany, the cost of electricity is risingThe cover of a recent issue of Der Spiegel caught my eye: “Luxury Power — Why energy will become increasingly costly, and what politicians must do to prevent it.” Aha, I thought: Germany has generally been the poster-child for the broad implementation of renewable power, and this article will provide insights into the downside of this transformation.The article certainly does lambaste many aspects of the Energiewende, focusing particularly on the relatively high cost of electricity. But the sensational language employed and the apparent lack of context for some of the assertions had me wondering about the article’s balance.There’s no doubt that the German government’s support for the development of renewable energy — particularly wind turbines and photovoltaic systems — has been expensive. These costs appear as a surcharge in the monthly electricity bills that most Germans pay. The article contends that this surcharge disproportionately penalizes low- and fixed-income citizens, who are, according to the article, increasingly at risk of having their electricity cut off.The German government’s energy regulations were designed to exempt businesses and industries that compete internationally from having to pay the electricity surcharge. This exemption represents a potential loophole that some businesses have exploited. It also increases the cost of power for those businesses that do not qualify. Andrew Dey’s background includes carpentry, contracting, and project management. For the past six years he has provided construction consulting services to clients in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. He is passionate about retrofitting existing buildings — including his own house — for greater energy efficiency. His blog is called Snapshots from Berlin. Replacing fossil fuels with energy efficiencyThe Der Speigel article’s most significant omission, in my opinion, relates to efforts to reduce demand for energy. Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of the Energiewende, yet it is hardly mentioned in the article. Wind generators and solar panels lend themselves to simplistic critiques; insulating existing buildings and installing better building control systems are not attention-grabbing subjects. My understanding is that Germany is making steady progress in the arena of energy efficiency, but that there remains tremendous potential for additional gains.What was most striking to me about the article in Der Spiegel is that it does not fundamentally question the need for an Energy Transformation; rather, it argues that the current path is flawed, and that alternatives should be explored. Public opinion polls in Germany consistently show broad support for the goals of the Energiewende. Coming from the U.S., a country that lacks a comprehensive, coherent energy policy, I am inspired to see people here in Germany debating the “how,” rather than the “what” or the “why.” Renewable energy sources require grid improvementsThe article contends that the main driver of increased electricity costs is the “haphazard” expansion of wind and solar energy. It describes the difficulties in bringing off-shore wind parks cost-effectively into operation, the need to upgrade the grid to transport energy from where it is produced to where it is needed, and the challenges posed by providing reliable back-up power during periods of peak demand.The article points out the uncomfortable fact that Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions actually increased by 2% in 2012. This was presumably the result of the shut-down of eight aging nuclear power plants in 2011 following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the resultant need for Germany to use lignite coal-fired plants to pick up the slack.The article concludes that Germany might be better off with a system based on market-driven incentives, similar to that which has been enacted in Sweden, rather than relying so heavily on government support.These critiques all have some merit, but reasonable arguments can be made in defense of the Energiewende’s policies and their implementation. Cogent responses to the concerns raised in this article can be found in in various articles available on the web, including in the publication “Energy Transition — the German Energiewende,” produced by the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Chapter 6, Questions and Answers, addresses head-on many of the issues raised in the Der Spiegel article. RELATED ARTICLES An Energy-Efficiency Conference in GermanyA German Deep-Energy RetrofitGermany’s Plus-Energy TownGetting Off Fossil FuelsVäxjö, Sweden, is a Model of SustainabilityCombined Heat and Power in Swedencenter_img These goals include:Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, and by 80 percent by 2050 (as compared to 1990 levels)Phasing out the use of nuclear power by 2022Reducing primary energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020, and 50 percent by 2050 (compared to 2008 levels)Expanding the use of electric vehicles: 1 million by 2020, and 5 million by 2030Increasing the percentage of energy from renewable sources to 18 percent by 2020 and 60 percent by 2050A serious attempt at achieving these goals will require increasing the energy efficiency of all market sectors (housing, transportation, industry, etc.), dramatically expanding the use of renewable energy, and shifting energy-related attitudes and behaviors to a new paradigm.One of my motivations for spending a year in Germany was to learn more about the Energiewende — to dig more deeply into the program specifics, and to find out how it is working. My wife and I decided several years ago to spend a year living in Germany. I wanted finally to become fluent in German, after having been married for many years to a German engineer.I was also interested in learning about the materials, methods, and systems being used to make buildings more energy-efficient in Germany. We knew it would be educational for our two daughters to be immersed in a foreign culture, and we looked forward to spending more time with my wife’s family in Germany.We are now about six weeks into what will likely be a year-long adventure. I’ve started a blog to share with family and friends some of the experiences we are having in Berlin. I have also been posting information related to construction and energy efficiency. A nation tries to lower its carbon emissionsI have seen numerous newspaper and magazine articles in the past few weeks focused on the allegedly high cost to the German people of the country’s ambitious plan to restructure its energy systems. These articles have not been confined to Germany; they have also appeared in outlets such as The Guardian and The New York Times.Der Spiegel is a weekly German news magazine whose gravitas I might have placed somewhere between Newsweek and The Economist. However, a recent cover story about Germany’s “Energiewende” — an article which exemplifies the strained tone of other recent articles — did not strike me as particularly impartial or objective.Energiewende translates literally as “energy turn,” but it is more typically expressed as “energy transition,” “energy transformation,” or “energy revolution.” This program has its roots in the environmental movement that formed during the 1970s in Germany. In 2011, the German government formalized the Energiewende in its current configuration with the goal of achieving specific energy-related and carbon-reduction goals within the next forty years.last_img read more

Scan this leaders’ list from the growing world of LiDAR startups

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#autonomous vehicles#Internet of Things#IoT#lidar#Luminar Technologies#Oryx Vision#self-driving cars#Velodyne Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Ryan Matthew Pierson LiDAR — yes, it sounds like a tool that any professional journalist covering politicians should carry with them. Unfortunately for political reporters everywhere, LiDAR doesn’t detect fibs. Instead, it stands for Light Detection and Ranging, and it’s a critical technology for self-driving cars.That makes it a particularly appealing product category for startups looking to make their mark in the emerging market of autonomous technologies.A new crop of startups, complete with plenty of venture capital and each boasting to have an excellent solution for any autonomous vehicle manufacturer looking to add LiDAR to their offerings.Among these businesses is Quanergy, a startup founded in 2012 that has spent much of this time developing what it hopes will be a value-based solution. While some LiDAR systems run thousands of dollars, Quanergy plans to eventually make its mass-market solution available for around $100.One of the ways Quanergy is able to bring its system price down so far is its use of a solid state design. With no moving parts, these systems can be manufactured more easily. This means a smaller field of view for each sensor, however.Some unique tech out thereAnother company working on solid state LiDAR is Velodyne. This company, which also produces 360-degree LiDAR systems, is working on a solid-state option to complement them. With a 35-degree vertical and 120-degree horizontal field of view, these smaller, less pricey systems still offer plenty of range to work with.Oryx Vision out of Israel has a unique take on LiDAR. Using special lasers that have a longer-wave infrared laser that enables the system to “see” through fog. It can also work in the face of direct sunlight. This answers some of the more common issues current LiDAR technology faces.Luminar Technologies is also worth mention because not only does it produce LiDAR systems, but it does so entirely from scratch. Some companies get by combining multiple third-party components into their hardware, but not Luminar. This startup builds everything in-house.These companies are each approaching the same problem in a different way. This is a very good thing for the autonomous vehicle industry as it applies pressure in the direction of innovation. Whether the system is solid state or 360-degree, 3D modeling or low power, the real victor in this competitive market is the consumer. 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Lifecycle Fund Basics

first_imgGlide paths are a critical factor in fund performance and investment companies use many types of glide path strategies to determine the percentage of stock in the fund portfolio at different points in time. By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) L (Lifecycle) Fund is a popular investment choice among service members. Also known as target date funds or TDFs, lifecycle funds are “all in one” portfolios that typically include three types of investment categories known as asset classes: stocks, bonds, and cash equivalents (e.g., money market funds). Their asset allocation weights (e.g., 50% stock, 30% bonds, 20% cash) automatically adjust and get more conservative (i.e., lower stock percentage) over time without any need for investors to take action.Lifecycle funds typically have a date in their name such as the “2040 Fund” or “2050 Fund” and investors chose a fund with a date that matches, or is close to, their expected year of retirement. Dates are typically spaced out at 5- or 10-year intervals (e.g., 2030, 2035, etc.), depending on the lifecycle mutual fund provider. The TSP currently has five available lifecycle fund options: L2020, L2030, L2040, L2050, and L income.Lifecycle funds, as an investment category, were created in 1994 and have gained popularity in the last decade as a qualified default investment alternative (QDIA) for tax-deferred retirement savings plans such as 401(k)s and, more recently, TSP accounts for new federal employees. Some employees who are enrolled in employer retirement savings plans fail to provide instructions for investing their deposits. In these situations, employers invest their plan contributions in the default investment.Below are some key facts about lifecycle funds:They generally only make sense if they include the bulk of someone’s retirement savings. Otherwise, their asset allocation is altered by “outside” investments, which contradicts the whole premise of using them. “To” glide paths assume that retirement age is the target date and, at that point, the portfolio’s stock percentage weighting and investment mix remains static. “Through” glide paths continue to decrease the stock percentage for a designated number of years after the target date before leveling off. A defining characteristic is their glide path, which determines the asset allocation mix over time. Pictured as a descending staircase, the glide path indicates how the stock percentage decreases over time.center_img The “landing point” is the point in the glide path where a lifecycle fund reaches its lowest stock percentage allocation. Not surprisingly, funds with different glide paths and landing points have very different risk profiles. When a TSP L fund reaches its target date, it is automatically rolled into the L income fund, which is the most conservative L fund with a focus on capital preservation. Lifecycle funds are not without controversy. Performance issues during the 2007-2009 financial crisis brought to light the fact that many were not as conservatively positioned as their names implied. This led to new disclosure rules by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2010, including better disclosure of glide paths and portfolio composition.Do you want to know more about lifecycle funds and the TSP Lifecycle (L) Fund? The eXtension Military Families Learning Network held a 90-minute webinar on target date funds in 2015. To view the webinar video archive, visit the event page.last_img read more

Militant killed in Ganderbal encounter

first_imgOne more militant was killed on Tuesday morning as an operation by the security forces in a forest range in Ganderbal district, adjacent to Srinagar, entered the fourth day.“Security forces had a fresh contact on Tuesday morning. In the gunfight, one militant was killed,” Superintendent of Police Khalil Poswal said.Officials said one non-local militant was killed and two rifles were recovered on Saturday. Sources said the two militants were part of a new group which infiltrated from the Gurez sector and trekked into Ganderbal district from the hilly passes of the Bakhtor area of Gurez valley.The operation is on, the police said, to nab other militants in Trumkhal in the Gangbal area, at an altitude of around 4,000 metres. “The identity of the slain militant could not be established immediately,” Mr. Poswal said. The area has been restricted for civilians and Bakerwals, the nomadic community which uses the passes to graze animals. “No civilian movement is allowed till the area is cleared of explosives,” said the police.The operation has the entire security apparatus on the toes. An official in the counter-insurgency grid said the Gangbal route was abandoned by militants in early 1990s. “In case the militants revive the route, it will take them less than one day to reach Srinagar and strike in the capital,” said the police officer.last_img read more

Indigenous youth visiting APTN meet with Prime Minister sit in on live

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsIt’s not every day you get the chance to run into a sitting Prime Minister.But some youth associated with Winnipeg’s Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre did just that.APTN often gives tours, especially to Indigenous students. The youth from Ma Mawi knew there was a chance they’d get to see Justin Trudeau in-the-flesh. But they didn’t expect to speak with him, never mind shake his hand.In a rare turn of events, the youth were able to sit-in on APTN’s special interview with the Prime Minister.Some even got a little [email protected]last_img

LAPD arrest social media personality Ray Diaz in San Diego

first_img July 12, 2019 Posted: July 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Los Angeles police this morning arrested a social media personality Raymundo Diaz in San Diego on suspicion of sexual assault.Diaz, 33, who is known online as Ray Diaz, was arrested by detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division’s Special Assault Section about 5 a.m. in San Diego, according to the LAPD.San Diego police assisted in the arrest of the Hollywood resident, the LAPD reported.Details about the alleged assault were not released, but according to media reports, an investigation was launched after videos surfaced that appeared to show him assaulting an underage teen girl he was reported to have been dating.Diaz, who has claimed the video depicted an acting exercise and not an actual assault, was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to the LAPD. After a thorough investigation, LAPD Detectives from the elite Robbery-Homicide Division Special Assault Section arrested 33 yr old social media personality “Ray Diaz” for sexual assault in San Diego, CA, w/ the assistance of San Diego PD. Raymundo Diaz bail is set at $500,000.00— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 13, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom, LAPD arrest social media personality ‘Ray Diaz’ in San Diego Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more